Soju Is Favorite Drink for Drowning Sorrows

      December 10, 2009 08:53

      Koreans drink different kinds of alcohol according to how they feel at the moment, a survey suggests.

      In the survey by the Korea Alcohol Research Center late last year of 2,200 people aged 19 to 59, some 85.2 percent of respondents said they drink soju when they are distressed by personal problems, and 63.5 percent said they prefer beer when they are tired.

      Whiskey was the preferred drink for business occasions among 63.5 percent of respondents, and 70.8 percent chose wine as the best drink for creating a friendly or romantic mood.

      Location also affected people's choice of drink. In Japanese restaurants, soju was the most popular with 67.2 percent, followed by clear rice wine with 53.7 percent.

      Soju also ranked first in Chinese restaurants with 49.6 percent, with hard liquors at second place with 27.1 percent. In sushi restaurants and Korean restaurants, soju was the undisputed leader with 81.1 percent and 88.9 percent respectively.

      When drinking at home 75.1 percent of respondents said they chose beer over any other alcohol. Some 74.4 percent considered beer the best drink for workplace events, and 79.6 percent reached for beer when drinking outdoors.

      Drinking habits also varied according to gender. Men usually consume alcohol just because they like drinking or to relive stress, while women drink because they see it as a way to express their personality.

      The average adult consumed seven 350 ml bottles of soju or eight 500 ml bottles of beer per month. By gender, men drank 10.5 bottles of soju on average, while the average for women was 4.1 bottles. As for beer, men consumed 10.6 bottles, and women 5 bottles.

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